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⁠The Horsehead Nebula⁠, a dark nebula also known as Barnard 33, is located in constellation Orion. The Horsehead Nebula is very close to Earth compared to other deep sky objects at only 1,500 light-years away. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ It is filled with beautiful hydrogen gas clouds and thick dust, which make up the Horsehead itself. When photographers image this target, they typically also capture its neighbor, the Flame Nebula, which is much brighter and easier to pick up. To find this nebula, first locate the Orion constellation and point out Alnitak, just a hair south of that star you will find both the Horsehead and Flame Nebula.⁠ ⁠ This image shows the region in infrared light, which has longer wavelengths than visible light and can pierce through the dusty material that usually obscures the nebula’s inner regions.⁠ ⁠⁠ Tag us in your images of the Horsehead Nebula for a chance to be featured!⁠ ⁠ #nightsky #astrophotography #universetoday #nightscape #starrynight #milkywaygalaxy #stargazing #Horseheadnebula #astrophoto #nightimages #milkywaychasers #nightshooters #natgeospace #ig_astrophotography #deepsky #space #nasa #celestial #stars #cosmic #nebula #APOD #FlameNebula ⁠ ⁠ Source: NASA, ESA⁠

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4 days ago

This is the Orion Spacecraft, a new NASA spacecraft for astronauts. The spacecraft will play an important part in NASA's journey to Mars, carrying astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before. Orion has three main parts. The upper section is the launch abort system, or LAS; the crew module is the middle section; and the service module makes up the lower portion of the spacecraft. Astronauts will sit in the middle section, the crew module -- this will be their living quarters. If an emergency occurs during launch or the climb to orbit, the LAS would activate in milliseconds, and propel the crew module away from the rocket to safety⁠.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #NASA #Orion #Orionspacecraft #Mars #Astronauts #Spacecraft #CrewModule #gateway #SLSrocket#moontomars #spaceexploration #space #universe #solarsystem #galaxy ⁠ ⁠

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4 days ago

For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Tom Masterson ( @transient_astro ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos. ⁠ ⁠ "Hi! Tom again back for my 3rd and final post! Thank you to High Point Scientific for featuring my images! This final image is a narrowband image of the Pacman Nebula NGC 281 also taken at Grand Mesa Observatory in collaboration with the Observatory Director, Terry Hancock. This image taken over several nights in September 2018 is a result of 4 hrs of Ha, 4 hrs of O-III and 2 hrs of S-II images with 4xLum 3xRGB 600sec for more correct star color. This image was taken with an Astro Tech 12in RC and a QHY16200 Monochrome CCD using Chroma LRGB Ha O-III S-II filters. This was guided with an OAG and driven by a Paramount ME mount."⁠ ⁠ Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀⁠ ⠀⁠ #qhyccd #grandmesaobservatory #astronomy #astrophotography #nebula #deepsky #jaw_dropping_shots #earthofficial #ig_shotz_le #earth_shotz #amazing_longexpo #hotshotz #transfer_visions #main_vision #narrowband #narrowbandimaging #pacmannebula #awesome_photographers #Takeover #master_gallery ⁠

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5 days ago

For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Tom Masterson ( @transient_astro ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos. ⁠ ⁠ "Hello! It's Tom again with my second image, this one taken remotely from Grand Mesa Observatory. This is an image of the recent flyby of Comet 46P Wirtanen as it passed by the Pleiades Star Cluster and California Nebula in December 2018. When I was capturing this image I could tell how awesome the sky conditions were and was really excited to process this image. On top of the excellent sky conditions, the functionality of Grand Mesa Observatory is top-notch the staff and equipment are always awesome to work with big thanks to the Grand Mesa Observatory team. As a bonus, this image was featured on NASA's APOD for 12/20/2018. This image was taken with a Rokinon 135mm lens, and QHY367C camera piggybacked on a 12in RC driven by a Paramount ME."⁠ ⁠ Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀⁠ ⠀⁠ #californianebula #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #longexposure #longexpo #longexposureoftheday #longexposures #longexposurephotography #nasa #apod #spacelife #natgeospace

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5 days ago

For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Tom Masterson ( @transient_astro ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos. ⁠ ⁠ "Hi High Point Scientific Instagram fans! My name is Tom Masterson and I go by the moniker Transient Astronomer @transient_astro www.transientastronomer.com. I've been into astronomy all my life but have been deep into astro imaging after I was gifted my first scope, an Orion 120 ST back in 2013. I am a Beta Tester for Grand Mesa Observatory, a photographer for Mount Wilson Observatory, and a member of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and Western Colorado Astronomy Club.⁠ ⁠ For my first image I would like to share a recent 3-panel panoramic area around the constellation Scorpius. In this image, the Cat's Paw and War and Peace nebula can be seen on the right glowing red while the Ptolemy Cluster is on the far left with it's bright blue and yellow stars. This image was captured using a William Optics Star 71 Astrograph, a Canon 6D astro modded by Hutech on a Celestron AVX mount with a Orion Star Shoot Auto Guider and a 50mm guide scope. Each frame is around 10x 240sec exposures at 1600 ISO. I stacked the image in Deep Sky Stacker and did post-processing in PixInsight and Photoshop. This image was taken in the southern part of Los Padres National Forest around the Lockwood Valley area on 7/4/2019."⁠ ⁠ Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀⁠ ⠀⁠ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #longexposure #longexpo #lazyshutters #slowshutter #longexposureoftheday #longexposures #amazing_longexpo #fantasticuniverse

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6 days ago

Hope you're having an amazing weekend with clear skies! Today we're bringing you 5 fun facts about the moon that you might not know. ⁠ ⁠ 1. The moon is Earth's only natural satellite. While most planets have more moons and asteroids, we only have our one, beautiful moon. ⁠ ⁠ 2. Earth's moon is the fifth-largest moon in our solar system. In first place is Jupiter’s Ganymede, which is double the size of our moon!⁠ ⁠ 3. The moon is very hot during the day but very cold at night. The average surface temperature of the moon is 220 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and -430 degrees Fahrenheit at night. ⁠ ⁠ 4. Earth's tides are caused by the gravitational pull of both the sun and moon. Incidentally, the best time to surf is when the moon and the sun rise around the same time. ⁠ ⁠ 5. Some scientists believe the moon was once a part of Earth. Sticking out like a lump on a ball, the lump broke off, forming the moon. Other scientists believe that the moon was created at the same time Earth was. They believe Earth’s orbit around the sun and gravitational pull brought the moon into orbit around Earth.⁠ ⁠ Do you know any fun facts about the moon? Let us know in the comments below!⁠ ⁠ Photo credit: @cirrusmoon ⁠ ⁠ #space #astrophotography #astronomy #amateurastronomy #amateurastronomer #gravity #Ganymede #deepsky #telescope #universetoday #fantastic_universe ⁠ ⁠ #moon #lunar ⁠ ⁠ ⁠

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2 weeks ago

Did you know that the world's largest single telescope is located on the Canary Islands in Spain? The Gran Telescopio Canarias is by far the largest telescope on earth and measures 34 feet (or 409 inches ) across! It took about 1,000 people to design and over 10 years to build.⁠ .⁠ Photo credit: @gtctelescope ⁠ .⁠ What's your favorite observatory? Let us know in the comments below!⁠ ⁠ #HighPointScientific #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #lunar #solarsystem #universetoday #ig_astrophotography #moon #fantasticuniverse#natgeospace #telescope #observatory #space#CanaryIslands #GranTelescopio ⁠ ⁠

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2 weeks ago

Katherine Coleman Johnson, born August 26, 1918, is an African-American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped the space agency pioneer the use of computers to perform complex tasks. She has been called a "human computer", and without her we may have not broken as many barriers in spaceflight. ⁠ ⁠ Johnson's work included calculating trajectories, launch windows and emergency return paths for Project Mercury spaceflights (including those of astronauts Alan Shepard, the first American in space, and John Glenn, the first American in orbit ) and rendezvous paths for the Apollo Lunar Module and command module on flights to the Moon. Her calculations were also essential to the beginning of the Space Shuttle program, and she worked on plans for a mission to Mars. In 2015, President Barack Obama awarded Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson as a lead character in the 2016 film Hidden Figures. Safe to say, this woman is a hero!⁠ ⁠ Credit: Wikipedia Photo by: NASA ⁠ #nasa #highpointscientific #womeninspace #ourhero #womeninmath #nasasocial #natgeospace

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2 weeks ago

7 Fun Facts about our Solar System you may not know.⁠ .⁠ 1. ) While most planets rotate on a slight axes, Neptune is the black sheep and rotates almost fully vertical .⁠ ⁠ 2. ) The four smaller inner planets, also known as the “terrestrial planets” (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars ), are primarily composed of rock and metal.⁠ ⁠ 3. ) Mars has the biggest volcano (that we know of ). At 374 miles across and 16 miles high, its 3.5x bigger then Mount Everest.⁠ ⁠ 4. ) The four outer planets, also known as the “gas giants” (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune ), are substantially larger and more massive than the inner planets.⁠ ⁠ 5. ) The two innermost gas giants, Jupiter and Saturn, are the larger of the four and are composed mainly of hydrogen and helium.⁠ ⁠ 6. ) The two outermost gas giants, Uranus and Neptune, are composed largely of ices, (water, ammonia and methane ) and are sometimes also referred to as the “ice giants“.⁠ ⁠ 7. ) Saturn isn't the only planet with rings. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune all have rings.⁠ ⁠ How many of these did you know? Do you have other amazing space facts? Let us know in the comments?⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #space #astrophotography #astronomy #amateurastronomy #amateurastronomer #andromedagalaxy #galaxy #deepsky #telescope #universetoday #fantastic_universe ⁠ ⁠ #planets #Mars #Earth #Jupiter #Saturn #Neptune ⁠ ⁠

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3 weeks ago

Did you know⁠?⁠ The Northern Lights are created by electrons from solar winds, which are attracted to the poles by the magnetic fields found there. The electrons mix with gases in the atmosphere, causing the gases to glow. Solar flares can also cause the Northern Lights to appear.⁠ ⁠ Have you seen the Northern Lights? Let us know in the comments below. Tag #Highpointscientific in your Northern Lights photo to have a chance at getting featured!⁠ ⁠ Photo by @juusohd ⁠ ⁠ #northernlights #northernlightsphoto #astrophotography #nightscapes#auroraborealis ⁠ ⁠

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3 weeks ago

Repost Tuesday! ⁠⠀ Thank you @jerrypena_ ⁠ for hashtagging #highpointscientific in your amazing photo! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ."M 106 & NGC 4217⁠⠀ M 106 is about 22-25 million Light Years away, contains about 400 billion stars and spans about 135,000 Light Years across. A supermassive black hole lives at the center of M106 which causes the galaxy to emit more X-ray than visible light. The edge on spiral NGC 4217 (top right, first photo ) is about 60 million ly away and might be a companion galaxy of M106. The second photo is a close up of M106, the white smudge at top left is a smaller satellite galaxy (NGC 4248 ).⁠⠀ The last photo, close up of NGC 4217.⁠⠀ 📸 🔭: about 16 hours from my backyard."⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ Photo credit: @jerrypena_ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Be sure to hashtag #highpointscientific for a chance to get featured on our repost Tuesdays! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #amateurastrophotography ⁠ ⁠ #astrophotography ⁠⠀ #astrophotographer#astrophoto#universetoday ⁠⠀ #astronomy #practicalastrophotography #igworldclub_astrophotography ⁠⠀ #deepspace ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #astro_photography ⁠⠀ #astronomer#practicalastrophotograph#space#deepsky#skywatchertelescope ⁠ ⁠ #galaxyseason #pixinsight #nasa #astrophotography #messier106 #messier #universetoday #esa #apod #deepskyobject #space #skywatcher120mm #bos ⁠⠀

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3 weeks ago

For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Terry Hancock ( @hancockterry ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ "I get my most enjoyment doing Narrow band and here at GMO we have a pair of Takahashi E-180’s set up as binos, we have one setup with a QHY11 Mono CCD with a 24mm x 36mm sensor for doing luminance and narrow band and the other setup with a QHY367c/QHY128C with it’s 24mm x 36mm sensor also, this allows us to capture the same objects at the same time in color and narrow band and therefore allowing a lot of flexibility and creativity for processing, for the California Nebula I processed this in Color and added H-Alpha and I also processed this in Hubble Palette style and added the stars from the color image as the stars in a Hubble palette image are never natural color. "⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Total Acquisition Time 11.3 hours⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Image capture details⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ By Terry Hancock⁠⁠⠀ Location: GrandMesaObservatory.com Purdy Mesa, Colorado⁠⠀ QHY128C⁠⁠⠀ Dates: 13th, 14th November 2018⁠⠀ Color 230 min, 115 x 120 sec⁠⁠⠀ Camera: QHY128C⁠⠀ Offset 60, Gain 2200 Calibrated with flat, Dark & Bias⁠⁠⠀ Optics: Takahashi E-180 F2.8 Astrograph⁠⠀ Mount: Paramount GT1100S⁠⁠⠀ Image Acquisition software Maxim DL5⁠⠀ Pre Processed using Pixinsight⁠⁠⠀ Post Processed using Photoshop CC⁠⠀ ⁠QHY11⁠⠀ Image capture details⁠⁠⠀ By Terry Hancock⁠⠀ Location: GrandMesaObservatory.com Purdy Mesa, Colorado⁠⁠⠀ Dates: over 3 nights, 7th, 16th and 17th Nov 2018⁠⠀ H-Alpha 150 min, 15 x 600 sec⁠⁠⠀ OIII 150 min, 15 x 600 sec⁠⠀ SII 150 min, 15 x 600 sec⁠⁠⠀ Camera: QHY11 Mono CCD⁠⠀ Offset 157, Gain 5 Calibrated with Dark & Bias⁠⁠⠀ Optics: Takahashi E-180 F2.8 Astrograph⁠⠀ Mount: Paramount GT1100S⁠⠀ Image Acquisition software Maxim DL5⁠⠀ Pre Processed using Pixinsight⁠⠀ Post Processed using Photoshop CC⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀⁠⠀ ⠀⁠⠀ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #lunar #longexposure ⁠⠀

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3 weeks ago

For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Terry Hancock ( @hancockterry ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ "All of the data I capture these days is from Grand Mesa Observatory, my goal as always is to push my imaging ability and the equipment to the limits by doing long exposures and long integration times as can be seen in this 2 panel mosaic of the Iris Nebula and the surrounding faint dust. I’m fortunate to have access to some of the best equipment in order to capture high-quality data such as the Takahashi FSQ130 and the QHY367C that were used to capture this image. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The setup I used is System 1 and one of 3 telescopes currently available through Grand Mesa Observatory’s Subscription services⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ grandmesaobservatory.com/equipment-rentals/⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Total Integration time 7.66 hours⁠⠀ Image capture details⁠⠀ Dates: November 8th 12th,13th, 14th⁠⠀ Color Panel 1. 260 min, 26 x 600 sec⁠⠀ Color Panel 2. 200 min, 20 x 600 sec⁠⠀ Camera: QHY367C⁠⠀ Offset 76, Gain 2850 Calibrated with flat, dark & bias⁠⠀ Optics: System 1, Holloway Takahashi FSQ130 APO Refractor⁠⠀ Filters by Chroma (Narrowband are 5nm )⁠⠀ Image Acquisition software Maxim DL5⁠⠀ Pre Processed in Pixinsight⁠⠀ Post Processed in Photoshop⁠⠀ Iris and Ghost Nebulae (crop )⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ To the right of the image is Sharpless 136 (Sh2-136 ), LDN 1177, and surrounding The Iris Nebula to the left of the image is LBN 487, LDN 1174 and LDN 1172"⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀⁠⠀ ⠀⁠⠀ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #grandmesaobservatory #irisnebula #space #apod #telescopes ⁠⠀

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3 weeks ago

For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Terry Hancock ( @hancockterry ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos. ⠀ ⠀ Born in England, I migrated with my parents as a child to Australia, where I soon became enchanted by the writings of astronomer Sir Patrick Moore and the dark skies of the Australian outback. In the mid-1980s I moved to the United States, where I decided to combine my two loves- photography and astronomy. My images have been published by NASA's APOD, and featured in Astronomy, Sky at Night, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy Now, and National Geographic magazines, as well as The Daily Mail, and Yahoo.com, Space.com, and many other well-known online publications.⠀ ⠀ For many years, I imaged from my backyard, but upon retirement, I project managed the construction of Grand Mesa Observatory in Colorado, where I currently serves as Director. ⠀ ⠀ BEAUTY NEAR THE BELT "Sky & Telescope April 2018" ⠀ ⠀ I really love doing images in black and white and this image of the Horsehead is one of my deepest. Early last year I was asked to provide a grayscale image of the Horsehead that I had captured from when I lived in Michigan, I thought to myself….damn I can do better than that!! where I live now at GMO where we have a high altitude, great weather and low light pollution and the main reason I moved here. it just so happened I was imaging IC434 once again and was able to produce this image once again using some fine equipment, The Takahashi 130 FSQ together with the QHY367C. This image ended up being published as a double page spread in April 2018 S&T⠀ ⠀ Total exposure: 6.9 hours.⠀ ⠀ Image Details⠀ Terry Hancock downunderobservatory.com⠀ Location: GrandMesaObservatory PurdyMesa, Colorado⠀ Date: 13th, 14th October 2017⠀ RGB 43 x 4 min,⠀ H Alpha 5nm 24 x 10 min⠀ Camera: QHY367C⠀ Gain 2850, Offset 76 with Dark Frames no Flat.⠀ Optics: The Walter Holloway Takahashi FSQ 130 APO Refractor @ F5⠀ ⠀ EQ Mount: Paramount ME⠀ ⠀ Post Processed with Pixinsight and Photoshop CS6"⠀ ⠀ Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out

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3 weeks ago

Hope you are all having a great (and hopefully sunny! ) weekend. Today we will be giving you 8 fun facts about our Sun that you might not know.⁠ ☀️⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 1. Our sun is 4.6 billion years old and scientists predict it has another 5 billion left to go.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 2. The Sun accounts for 99.86% of the mass in the solar system. It has a mass of around 330,000 times that of Earth. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 3. The Sun is almost a perfect sphere. Considering the sheer size of the Sun, there is only a 6-mile difference in its polar and equatorial diameters, making it the closest thing to a perfect sphere observed in nature.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 4. It takes the Sun approximately 225-250 million years to complete one orbit of the center of the Milky Way moving at 137 miles per second.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 5. It takes eight minutes for light to reach Earth from the Sun. Which means if the sun were to go out one day, it would take us 8 minutes to notice it. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 6. The Sun rotates in the opposite direction of Earth⁠.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 7. Without the Sun, we wouldn't have the Northern Lights, which are caused by solar winds and radiation hitting our magnetosphere.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 8. Temperatures inside the Sun can reach 89.6 million degrees Fahrenheit⁠.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ How many of these facts did you already know? Do you have any other fun ones to share? Leave them in the comments⁠ below!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Photo credit: @astrostace ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #solarphotography #space #astrophotography #astronomy #amateurastronomy #amateurastronomer #solarsystem #sun #sunshine #suninhalpha #solarphoto #solarprominence#highpointscientific ⁠⠀

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4 weeks ago

Repost Tuesday! ⁠⠀ Thank you @_astro_dude_ for hashtagging #highpointscientific in your amazing photo! ⁠⠀ ⁠.⁠⠀ "Did some lunar imaging with my Celestron 6” Newtonian and canon 80d ⁠⠀ 70 images reprocessed in #pipp and stacked in #registax6 ⁠"⁠⠀ ⁠.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Be sure to hashtag #highpointscientific for a chance to get featured on our repost Tuesdays! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #deepsky #lunar #longexposure ⁠⠀ #astrophotographer #moon #nasa #apod #celestron #newtonian

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4 weeks ago

For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Kurt ( @gorilla_astro ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos. ⁠⠀ ⁠.⁠⠀ Melotte 15 (The Sequel )⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The heart of the heart nebula (ic 1805 ). Melotte 15 is a star cluster of young "O" type supergiant stars at 1.5 million years old and a lovely nebula formed with those stars in an interstellar dance of gravity and radiation bringing ferocious stellar winds to shape the "swirly" nebula you see. Melotte 15 is named after its discoverer Philibert Jacques Melotte. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ This lovely wonder is located about 7,500 lightyears away. "O" type stars are the brightest and most massive known stars, ranging from 20-100x larger than the sun and have a lifespan of 3-6 million years ⁠⠀ This here is a bicolor rendition of the h-alpha and oxygen III regions and was shot in my backyard at Bortle 7 (severe ) light pollution. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Data: 122x360s halpha, 100x600s Oiii⁠⠀ Total integration= 28hrs 54min⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Equipment: 🔭GSO RC6, 📷ZWO ASI1600mm-c, self-modified ZWO off-axis guider using ASI290mm mini for guiding, Stellardive heq5 mount, astrophysics cctd67 reducer, Astrodon h-alpha, and Oiii in an 8 position electronic filter wheel. QHY Polemaster⁠⠀ Sensor cooled to -20c ⁠⠀ Software: ⁠SGPro, PHD2, Plate Solve 2, Stellarium, EQMOD, and Pixinsight.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ For now and always thanks for looking and always keep your head up to the stars! 🎶🎸🎶"⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀⁠⠀ ⠀⁠⠀ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #zwoasi #⁠zwo #astrodon #stellarium #melotte15 #supergiantstar #halpha #nebulae ⁠⠀

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4 weeks ago

For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Kurt ( @Gorilla_astro ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos. ⁠The full-resolution version of this image is available in the link on his page.⠀ ⁠.⠀ M33 The Triangulum Galaxy⁠: One of the closest galaxies to us at about 3 million light-years away located in the constellation Triangulum. M33 is quite the spiral galaxy, as it has a good amount of bright nebulas in it - as you can see the red "jewels" I managed to bring forth in this rendition. ⠀ ⠀ This galaxy is home to about 40 billion stars. Some sources state that it was "possibly" first discovered by Italian astronomer Giovanni Battista Hodierna before 1654, and independently discovered by Charles Messier in August 1764. ⠀ ⠀ In September of 1784, William Herschel separately cataloged the brightest hydrogen-alpha region as H III.150 which later on became known as NGC 604. Much like our other neighbor the Andromeda Galaxy, M33 is also heading towards us on a collision course moving at a speed of 62K mph (100K kph ). ⠀ ⠀ NASA has added that if the h-alpha region NGC 604 was located at the same distance as the Orion Nebula (1,344 lightyears away ) that it would be the brightest part of our sky apart from the Moon. Scientists have estimated that NGC 604 is 100x larger than the Orion Nebula.⁠⠀ ⠀ This wonderful galaxy under dark skies can be seen with the naked eye, binoculars, small telescopes and more. With larger telescopes, you can see NGC 604.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Data: 54x600s h-alpha, 48x360s Luminance, 57x360s Red, 30x360s Green, 33x360s Blue. Total integration= 25hrs 48min⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Equipment: 🔭GSO RC6, 📷ZWO asi1600mm-c, self-modified ZWO off-axis guider using ASI290mm mini for guiding, Stellardive HEQ5 mount, astrophysics cctd67 reducer, Astrodon h-alpha, and ZWO LRGB filters in an 8x electronic filter wheel. QHY Polemaster⁠⠀ Software: ⁠SGPro, PHD2, Plate Solve 2, Stellarium, EQMOD, and Pixinsight.⁠⠀ ⠀ For now and always thanks for looking and always keep your head up to the stars! 🎶🎸⁠⠀ .⠀ Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check ou

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4 weeks ago

For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Kurt ( @gorilla_astro ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos. ⁠⠀ ⁠.⁠⠀ Hello everyone, my name is Kurt, some of you may know me as @gorilla_astro I'm a proud father who loves the deep vastness of the cosmos. Grill master of sorts, occasional gamer, musician and metal head. ⁠I am from Fort Worth Texas in the USA.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ What I love about astrophotography is an appreciation of just a small piece of sky I can take home with today's modern technology and share it with you. Astrophotography also teaches you patience and optimism. For the most part, I enjoy being away from all the busy hubbub and rush, lights everywhere of the big city. I love kicking back and soaking in a big picture, staring out into time and how humbling it is.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The Monkey Head Nebula (NGC 2174 )⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ A hydrogen-alpha emission nebula in the constellation Orion. Said to be about 6,400 lightyears away from Earth. Honestly to me, it looks more like a gorilla than a monkey. One of my favorite deep sky objects of winter. What do you see?⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Data:⁠⠀ 95x6min h-alpha⁠⠀ 48x10min oiii⁠⠀ 30x10min sii⁠⠀ Total of 22.5 hours of integration time⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀⁠⠀ ⠀⁠⠀ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #monkeyheadnebula #halpha ⁠ #orionconstellation #nebulae #outerspace ⁠⠀

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Hi everyone - happy Saturday! Here are 5 fun facts about the Andromeda Galaxy that you might not know.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 1. While Andromeda is the largest galaxy in the Local Cluster, it may not be the most massive - The Milky Way is thought to contain more dark matter, adding to its mass.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 2. The Andromeda Galaxy is approaching the Milky Way at approximately 87 miles per second, and is scheduled to collide with us in 4 billion years. Brace yourselves⁠!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 3. The Andromeda Galaxy has a very crowded double nucleus. Not only does it have a massive star cluster right at its heart, but it also has at least one supermassive black hole hidden at the core. The same telescope that captured the black hole (New Horizons ) is working on getting us a picture!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 4. The Andromeda Galaxy is the most distant object you can spot with the naked eye. You need a good spot away from bright lights in order to see it.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 5. Andromeda is 2.54 million lightyears from earth⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ How many of these facts did you already know? Do you have any other fun ones to share? Leave them in the comments⁠!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Photo credit: @mackmurdoc ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #space #astrophotography #astronomy #amateurastronomy #amateurastronomer #andromedagalaxy #galaxy #deepsky #telescope #universetoday #fantastic_universe ⁠⠀

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Repost Tuesday! ⁠⠀ Thank you @stephanhamel_astrophotography ⁠ for hashtagging #highpointscientific in your amazing photo! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ The Needle Galaxy (NGC4565 ) is an edge-on spiral galaxy about 30 to 50 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. It has a visual magnitude of approximately 10, so fairly bright for a galaxy at that distance. It is known as the Needle Galaxy for its narrow profile. First recorded in 1785 by William Herschel, it is a prominent example of an edge-on spiral galaxy. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ NGC 4565 is a giant spiral galaxy more luminous than the Andromeda Galaxy. It has a giant central bulge.⁠⠀ NGC 4565 has at least two satellite galaxies, one of which is interacting with it. Both satellite galaxies are visible on the picture. There are a number of other small galaxies in the picture further away but Instagram compression makes it hard to see them, unfortunately. Two of them are on the middle left and three more at the top to the left. Rumour has it this where Stars Wars is going on... :- ) ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Imaged last week with my 8inch SCT, a ZWO 1600MM in LRGB on an AZ-EQ6 mount from my balcony.⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ Photo credit: @stephanhamel_astrophotography ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #amateurastrophotography#amateurastrophotographyezine#astrophotography ⁠⠀ #astrophotographer#astrophoto#universetoday ⁠⠀ #astronomy #practicalastrophotography #igworldclub_astrophotography ⁠⠀ #deepspace#pinwheelgalaxy #ngc4565#needlegalaxy ⁠ ⁠ #astrography_#astro_photography ⁠⠀ #astronomer#practicalastrophotograph#space#deepsky#skywatchertelescope#regram ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Be sure to hashtag #highpointscientific for a chance to get featured on our repost Tuesdays! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

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Happy Monday everyone - let's talk about some fun space facts! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ NASA has announced that our next destination in the solar system is the unique, richly organic world Titan. Advancing our search for the building blocks of life, the Dragonfly mission will fly multiple sorties to sample and examine sites around Saturn’s icy moon.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Dragonfly will launch in 2026 and arrive in 2034. The rotorcraft will fly to dozens of promising locations on Titan looking for prebiotic chemical processes common on both Titan and Earth. Dragonfly marks the first time NASA will fly a multi-rotor vehicle for science on another planet; it has eight rotors and flies like a large drone. It will take advantage of Titan’s dense atmosphere – four times denser than Earth’s – to become the first vehicle ever to fly its entire science payload to new places for repeatable and targeted access to surface materials.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Titan has a nitrogen-based atmosphere like Earth. Unlike Earth, Titan has clouds and rain of methane. Dragonfly took advantage of 13 years’ worth of Cassini data to choose a calm weather period to land, along with a safe initial landing site and scientifically interesting targets. It will first land at the equatorial “Shangri-La” dune fields, which are terrestrially similar to the linear dunes in Namibia in southern Africa.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Source: NASA⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #nasa #nasasocial #spaceexploration #solarsystem #saturn

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For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Chuck Ayoub ( @chucksastrophotography ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ "The Eagle Nebula is an amazing target for astrophotographers to capture - whether it's a wide-field shot or getting in real close on the well-known Pillars of Creation. Capturing this one in the full Hubble Palette really shows off fantastic color. It's a low target for me in the South, so it took me quite a few days to capture enough data on it.⁠"⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ -Target:⁠ Eagle Nebula (M16 )⁠⠀ ⁠-Imaging Telescope: ⁠Explore Scientific 127mm ED Refractor (952 focal length )⁠⠀ -⁠Focuser: MoonLite 2.5" Focuser with Motor Auto-Focus⁠⠀ -⁠Field Flattener:⁠ HoTech 2" SCA Field Flattener⁠⠀ -Mount: ⁠Celestron CGX⁠⠀ -Polar Alignment: ⁠QHYCCD PoleMaster⁠⠀ -Imaging Camera: ⁠ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool⁠⁠⠀ -Frames:⁠⠀ Astronomik Ha: 112x180"⁠⠀ Astronomik OIII: 60x240"⁠ ⁠⠀ Astronimik SII: 84x180" ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ -Integration: 13.8 hours ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Ha, SII: Gain=139, Offset=21⁠⠀ OIII: Gain=75, Offset=15⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ -Guide scope: ⁠Orion ST80 ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ -Guide Camera: ⁠Lodestar X2⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀⁠⠀ ⠀⁠⠀ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #lazyshutters #slowshutter #longexposureoftheday ⁠ #universetoday #fantasticuniverse #nightsky #eaglenebula ⁠⠀

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For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Chuck Ayoub ( @chucksastrophotography ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ "Living just outside of Detroit, MI - light pollution is extremely bad. Despite this, I was really happy with how my Needle Galaxy turned out. I love edge-on galaxies - something about their appearance fascinates me. It's a combination of data from 2019 and 2018."⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ -Target:⁠ Needle Galaxy (NGC 4565 )⁠⠀ -Imaging Telescope: ⁠Explore Scientific 127mm ED Refractor (952 focal length )⁠⠀ -Focuser: MoonLite 2.5" Focuser with Motor Auto-Focus⁠⠀ -Field Flattener: HoTech 2" SCA Field Flattener⁠⁠⠀ -Mount: Celestron CGX⁠⠀ -Polar Alignment: ⁠QHYCCD PoleMaster⁠⁠⠀ -Imaging Camera: ⁠ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool⁠⠀ -Frames:⁠⁠⠀ Optolong L-Pro: 386x30" (gain: 75, offset: 15 )⁠⠀ Astronomik CLS: 500x30" (gain: 139, offset: 21 )⁠⠀ Astronomik Red: 60x30" (gain: 75, offset: 15 )⁠⠀ Astronomik Red: 20x120" (gain: 139, offset: 21 )⁠⠀ Astronomik Green: 60x30" (gain: 75, offset: 15 )⁠⠀ Astronomik Green: 40x60" (gain: 139, offset: 21 )⁠⠀ Astronomik Blue: 60x30" (gain: 75, offset: 15 )⁠⠀ Astronomik Blue: 40x60" (gain: 139, offset: 21 )⁠⠀ -Integration:10.9 hours ⁠⁠⠀ -Guide scope: Orion ST80 ⁠⠀ -Guide Camera: ⁠Lodestar X2⁠⠀ ⁠.⁠⠀ Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀⁠⠀ ⠀⁠⠀ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #needlegalaxy #longexposure #longexpo #oriontelescopes #celestron ⁠⠀

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For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Chuck Ayoub ( @chucksastrophotography ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos.⠀⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ "I've always had an interest in astronomy, but actually didn't get started in astrophotography until around 3.5 years ago when I tried to take a picture of Jupiter by holding my iPhone up to my telescope. The result wasn't so good, but from then on I was hooked and started upgrading to new telescopes and new cameras to improve. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ My picture of the Cave Nebula was a super long project as I captured 26.2 hours of data on it - I didn't think I would ever finish it. It was also the second one of my pictures to be selected as a NASA APOD.⁠"⁠⠀ ⁠.⁠⠀ -Target:⁠ The Cave Nebula (SH2-155 ) in the Hubble Palette⁠⠀ -Imaging Telescope: ⁠Explore Scientific 127mm ED -Refractor (952 focal length )⁠⠀ -⁠Focuser: MoonLite 2.5" Focuser with Motor Auto-Focus⁠⠀ -Focal Reducer:⁠ Orion .8 Focal Reducer⁠⠀ -Mount: ⁠Celestron CGX⁠⠀ -Polar Alignment: ⁠QHYCCD PoleMaster⁠⠀ -⁠Imaging Camera: ⁠ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool⁠⠀ -Frames:⁠⠀ Astronomik Ha: 183x240" (gain: 139, offset: 21 ) ⁠⠀ Astronomik OIII: 105x240" (gain: 75, offset: 15 )⁠⠀ Astronimik SII: 105x240" (gain: 139, offset: 21 )⁠⠀ -Integration: 26.2 hours⁠⠀ -Guide scope: ⁠Orion ST80 ⁠⠀ ⁠-Guide camera: ⁠Lodestar X2⁠⠀ ⁠.⁠⠀ Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page!⠀⁠⠀ ⠀⁠⠀ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #lunar #solar #longexposure #longexpo #lazyshutters #slowshutter #longexposureoftheday #longexposurephotography #jaw_dropping_shots #earthofficial #earth_shotz #amazing_longexpo

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"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." -Neil Armstrong⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first time humans ever set foot on the moon.⁠ This July 20, 1969, photo shows astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. walking on the surface of the moon near the leg of the Lunar Module (ML ) "Eagle" during the Apollo 11 mission.⁠⠀ ⁠.⁠⠀ #Highpointscientific #moon #lunar #eaglemodule #lunarmodule #Apollo11 #neilarmstrong #buzzaldrin #onesmallstep #onegiantleap

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On July 16, 1969, 600 million people across the world tuned in to watched Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida. A historic moment that would lead to an even greater moment in human history. ⁠ ⁠ #Highpointscientific #moon #lunar #eagle #lunarmodule #Apollo11 #neilarmstrong #buzzaldrin #onesmallstep #onegiantleap#astronomy #astrophotography

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Happy Monday everyone - let's talk about some fun space facts! ⁠ ⁠.⁠ A few weeks ago we went over the Mars2020 Rover, and this week we're going to fill you in on its traveling companion, the Mars Helicopter, which will travel underneath the Mars 2020 Rover on its long 7-month journey through space. After successfully landing on the Red Planet, the rover will spend one week completing its checks, then it will deploy the 4-pound Mars Helicopter underneath and roll off for the first time on the Martian surface - exposing the helicopter.⁠ ⁠.⁠ The Mars Helicopter is the first flying and landing robot to ever travel to space. The helicopter will attempt five flights within the first 30 days, pushing the flight time, distance, and height each time. The helicopter will fly up to 90 seconds at a time, at heights of up to 10 to 15 feet. Its propellers are 4 feet long from tip to tip. At 2,800 rotations per minute, it will spin about 10 times faster than an Earth-bound helicopter. That’s how much downwards pressure it needs to be able to create enough upward thrust to fly in Mars’ thin atmosphere!⁠ ⁠.⁠ With a very powerful camera slightly better than the one on your cell phone, the helicopter will be flying above, taking pictures and creating a geological 3D map of its surroundings, and sending that data straight to the Mars 2020 Rover. That data will be used to make its AI more aware of its surroundings - to help the rover stay safe by avoiding obstacles and find the ideal places to conduct its experiments.⁠ ⁠.⁠ NASA has been tiptoeing around the nickname “Scout”⁠...stay tuned!⁠ ⁠.⁠ If you enjoyed these fun space facts let us know in the comments. Also, feel free to let us know if there’s anything you would like to learn about, and we will do our best to cover it!⁠ .⠀⁠ #HighPointScientific #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #lunar #solarsystem #universetoday #ig_astrophotography #moon #fantasticuniverse#natgeospace #NASA #MoontoMars #Robotics#Mars #Mars2020 #MarsHelicopter ⠀⁠

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Repost Tuesday! ⁠ ⁠ Thank you @goodastronomy for hashtagging #highpointscientific in your amazing photo! ⁠ .⁠ "Happy 4th of July! On occasion, space offers us its own beautiful fireworks display in the form of supernova explosions. This particularly famous one, known as the Veil Nebula, came from a supernova in the constellation of Cygnus approximately 5-8 thousand years ago. Have a safe and fun holiday!⁠ ⁠ Copyright: Good Astronomy⁠" .⁠ ⁠.⁠ Be sure to hashtag #highpointscientific for a chance to get featured on our repost Tuesdays! ⁠ ⁠.⁠ #practicalastrophotography #amateurastrophotographyezine #nebula #stars #galaxy #milkyway #longexposure #narrowband #narrowbandimaging

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The Pillars of Creation⁠ ⁠ 6,500 light-years away from Earth, the Eagle Nebula is the home of The Pillars of Creation, the subject of one of the most famous photographs in space history taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. What you may not know is that this photo is more than 30 images put together. The blue colors in the image represent oxygen, red represents sulfur, and green represents both nitrogen and hydrogen. ⁠ .⁠ In 1997, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope captured an image of the pillars next to a giant, hot cloud of dust. ⁠ ⁠ Unfortunately, the Pillars of creation do not exist anymore. 6,000 years ago, a star exploded and went supernova, creating a shockwave that destroyed the pillars. Luckily enough for us, we have space and time on our side. It will take another 1,000 years for that light to get to Earth and for us to see the destruction of the pillars.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ Stretching roughly 4 to 5 light-years, the Pillars of Creation are a fascinating but relatively small feature of the entire Eagle Nebula, which spans 70 by 55 light-years. You can catch this beautiful bright speck with your naked eye when looking close to the Milky Way galactic center, in the constellation Serpens⁠.⁠ ⁠.⁠ #nightsky #astrophotography #universetoday #nightscape #starrynight #milkywaygalaxy #stargazing #Eagle #astrophoto #nightimages #milkywaychasers #nightshooters #natgeospace #ig_astrophotography #deepsky #space #nasa #galaxies #clusters #celestial #stars #cosmic #planet #APOD #pillarsofcreation @hubbles #HST #Eaglenebula ⁠ ⁠ Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team ⁠

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What a beautiful sight! Happy Birthday to the most amazing and diverse country in the world!

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For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Andrew Klinger ( @ak_astro ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos.⠀  M31 - The Andromeda Galaxy  “Here is my image of the Andromeda Galaxy, the closest major galaxy to us. At 2.5 million lightyears away, you’d think this would be a pinprick in the sky, but in fact you could easily fit 5 full-moon widths across my image from this perspective! In the spiral arms you can see pink blotches scattered throughout, these are nebulous star forming regions, much like the large nebula we image within our own galaxy!”  Equipment:  OTA: William Optics GT81 w/0.8x reducer/flattener (382mm fl at f/4.7 ) Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G (HEQ-5 ) Guidescope: Orion 50mm guidescope Guiding camera: Orion StarShoot Autoguider Imaging camera: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool  Accessories: QHYCCD PoleMaster  Software:  SGP PHD2 CdC PixInsight  Acquisition:  Location: Atoka, OK and Ft. Griffin State Historic Park, TX for LRGB(Bortle 3 ), Flower Mound, TX for Ha(Bortle 7 ) Dates: 11/2/18, 11/5/18, 12/1/18, 12/9/18, 12/15/18, 12/22/18, 12/23/18 Gain: 76 Offset: 15 for LRGB Gain: 200 Offset: 50 for Ha Camera temp: -20C L: 143x300" ZWO R: 46x300" ZWO G: 44x300" ZWO B: 40x300" ZWO Ha: 115x300" Astrodon 5nm Total integration time: 32hr 20min . Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀ ⠀ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #lunar #solar #longexposure #longexpo #lazyshutters #slowshutter #longexposureoftheday #longexposures #longexposurephotography #dream_image #jaw_dropping_shots #earthofficial #ig_shotz_le #earth_shotz #amazing_longexpo #hotshotz #transfer_visions #main_vision #awesome_photographers #Takeover #master_gallery 

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For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Andrew Klinger ( @ak_astro ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos.  The Interstellar Clouds of Orion  “Using a 24mm lens and astronomy camera, I show here the Sulfur (SII ), Hydrogen (Ha ), and Oxygen (OIII ) emissions in and around the Orion Constellation. Just like my image of the Eagle Nebula, this is a false-color image to represent where exactly these elements can be found in the sky. If you are familiar with Orion's Belt, you can see them just to the right of image center. The bright red star Betelgeuse resides in the lower left, and bright blue star Rigel in the upper right of the image. If you can imagine just how large this constellation appears to your naked eye, you can most certainly appreciate that the sky is anything but empty!“  Equipment:  Lens: Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 (stopped to f/4 ) Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G (HEQ-5 ) No autoguiding used Imaging camera: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool  Accessories: QHYCCD PoleMaster  Software:  SGP PHD2 CdC StarNet PixInsight  Acquisition:  Location: Atoka, OK (Bortle 3 ) Dates: 1/4/19, 1/5/19, 1/27/19, 1/30/19, 2/7/19, 3/5/19 Gain: 200 Offset: 50 Camera temp: -20C Sii: 53x600" Astrodon 3nm Ha: 42x600" Astrodon 5nm Oiii: 43x600" Astrodon 3nm Total integration time: 23hr  Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀ ⠀ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #lunar #solar #longexposure #longexpo #lazyshutters #slowshutter #longexposureoftheday #longexposures #longexposurephotography #dream_image #jaw_dropping_shots #earthofficial #ig_shotz_le #earth_shotz #amazing_longexpo #hotshotz #transfer_visions #main_vision #awesome_photographers #Takeover #master_gallery 

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For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Andrew Klinger ( @ak_astro ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos.⠀  M16 - The Eagle Nebula  “Here is my image of the Eagle Nebula (M16 ) imaged with Sulphur, Hydrogen, and Oxygen narrowband filters. This false-color widefield image of the nebula represents the strong oxygen signal as cyan, hydrogen as yellow/orange, and the stronger sulphur signal as red. Naturally, this nebula is nearly all red in color, as hydrogen-alpha dominates the field. With selective filters and processing I have stretched the intensity of the Oiii and Sii to better represent where they lie in the nebula.”  Equipment:  OTA: William Optics GT81 w/0.8x reducer (382mm fl at f/4.7 ) Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G (HEQ-5 ) Guidescope: Orion 50mm guidescope Guiding camera: Orion StarShoot Autoguider Imaging camera: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool  Accessories: DeepSkyDad Autofocuser QHYCCD PoleMaster  Software:  SGP PHD2 CdC PixInsight  Acquisition:  Location: Flower Mound, TX for Ha(Bortle 7 ), Atoka, OK and Ft. Griffin State Historic Park, TX for Oiii and Sii(Bortle 3 ) Dates: 5/12/18, 5/26/18, 5/27/18, 6/29/18, 6/30/18, 8/2/18, 8/3/18, 8/6/18 Gain: 200 Offset: 50 Camera temp: -10C Sii: 36x600" Astrodon 3nm Ha: 160x300" Astrodon 5nm Oiii: 37x600" Astrodon 3nm Total integration time: 25hr 30min  Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀ ⠀ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #lunar #solar #longexposure #longexpo #lazyshutters #slowshutter #longexposureoftheday #longexposures #longexposurephotography #dream_image #jaw_dropping_shots #earthofficial #ig_shotz_le #earth_shotz #amazing_longexpo #hotshotz #transfer_visions #main_vision #awesome_photographers #Takeover #master_gallery 

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Pluto. A full blown planet for centuries until we realized we never had a way to classify what makes a planet, a planet. So, in 2006 scientists got together and created a system.  . A planet must have these three characteristics: ⠀ 1. A planet must orbit the sun. Check. Pluto makes an orbit around the sun every 248 years. . 2. A planet must have enough mass, and spin fast enough to create a spherical shape. Check. Pluto might be small, but it has enough mass to form into a sphere. To get an idea of Pluto's size, it's half the size of the United States! .⠀ 3. It must clear the neighborhood of its orbit. Nope, here is where Pluto falls short. We will quickly explain what this means. Planets like Earth have a gravitational pull that pushes and sweeps everything in our path away as we travel in our orbit, making us the dominant body. Pluto is in a huge asteroid field called the Kuiper Belt, and has not cleared its path which renders Pluto… not a planet, though is later referred to as a dwarf planet. .⠀ Another fun fact: Pluto isn’t always the farthest planet. In fact, from 1979 to 1999, Neptune was much farther than Pluto from the Sun. (This is due to Pluto’s Offside Orbit. ) . Do you still hold onto Pluto as a planet? Let us know in the comments below! . #nasa #astronomy #astronaut #space #galaxy #cosmos #nebula #universe #solarsystem #planets #astrophotography #science #hubble #stars #milkyway #outerspace #spacex #iss #telescope #interstellar #nightsky #nasabeyond #astrophysics #esa #constellation #rocket #TeamHighpoint #UniverseToday #highpointscientific #FantasticUniverse ⁣⠀

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Happy Monday everyone -- let's talk about some fun space facts! . Meet the Mars 2020 Rover. This 2.3-ton rover is built very similarly to its older brother, Curiosity, but with some major upgrades. The Mars 2020 Rover is scheduled to launch from Florida in July 2020 and arrive on Mars in February 2021. ⠀ .⠀⠀ A few differences that make the Mars 2020 Rover so interesting is that this will be the first mission where scientists intend to bring Martian samples back to Earth. Mars 2020 will spend 2 years collecting samples and storing them in its "lab" to be shipped back to earth in late 2022. .⠀ Another unique trait is that this rover has much more freedom and AI capabilities than older models. Mars 2020 will be able to scan the area around it using its 23 cameras and make its own choices on where is best to conduct experiments. These experiments have specific purposes -- to find proof of life or past life on Mars, characterize the climate and the geology, and prepare for human exploration.⠀ .⠀ And finally, Mars 2020 Rover isn’t traveling alone. Attached underneath of the Mars 2020 Rover is the Mars Helicopter, which will fly for 90 seconds at a time, scanning the area around it and sending that data to the Mars Rover to help make the best choices possible.  .⠀ Tune in next Monday to learn all about the Mars Helicopter! .⠀ If you enjoyed these fun space facts let us know in the comments. Also, feel free to let us know if there’s anything you would like to learn about, and we will do our best to cover it! .⠀ #HighPointScientific #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #lunar #solarsystem #universetoday #ig_astrophotography #moon #fantasticuniverse#natgeospace #NASA #MoontoMars #Robotics#Mars #Mars2020 #MarsHelicopter ⠀

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For this week's Takeover Sunday we invited Jeremiah Sorrells ( @j.sorrellsphoto ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos.⠀ ⠀ Post 3⠀ ⠀ "Had a great snowmobile ride up in McCall Idaho yesterday, snagged some wintery foreground goodness on the trails as well. We rode for 70+ miles up to Burgdorf Hot Springs and back soaking up all that Idaho’s backcountry has to offer! Hope you like this composite image.⠀ .⠀ Foreground with Sony a6000 at 35mm ISO 1000 f/5.6 1/4000”⠀ Sky was tracked for 10minutes at ISO 400 on my Sony a7rii."⠀ ⠀ ⠀ "Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀ ⠀ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #lunar #solar #longexposure #longexpo #lazyshutters #slowshutter #longexposureoftheday #longexposures #longexposurephotography #dream_image #jaw_dropping_shots #earthofficial #ig_shotz_le #earth_shotz #amazing_longexpo #hotshotz #transfer_visions #main_vision #awesome_photographers #Takeover #master_gallery

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For this week's Takeover Sunday we invited Jeremiah Sorrells ( @j.sorrellsphoto ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos.⠀ ⠀ Post 2⠀ "Finally got some time to process data that I acquired this past fall, when we had clear skies if you can remember way back then.⠀ ⠀ The California nebula, so called for its apparent shape of the Golden State. ⠀ Catalogued as NGC 1499, is a glowing cloud of hydrogen gas about 100 light years across. Like all emission nebulae, it’s lit up by a hot blue star, in this case, Menkib, one of the hottest and intrinsically brightest stars visible to the unaided eye. The nebula is close, by galactic standards… just 1,500 light years away in the Orion arm of the Milky Way, the same arm in which our sun lies. The glow of this cosmic cloud comes from hydrogen gas, which is pumped into a more energetic state by the blue and ultraviolet light from Menkib. When the hydrogen relaxes to a lower energy state, it emits red light this is called “hydrogen alpha” light or Ha⠀ ⠀ Ha-20x300⠀ Sii- 20x300⠀ ⠀ Hope you enjoy the image"⠀ .⠀ "Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀ ⠀ #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #lunar #solar #longexposure #longexpo #lazyshutters #slowshutter #longexposureoftheday #longexposures #longexposurephotography #dream_image #jaw_dropping_shots #earthofficial #ig_shotz_le #earth_shotz #amazing_longexpo #hotshotz #transfer_visions #main_vision #awesome_photographers #Takeover #master_gallery

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For this week's Takeover Sunday, we invited Jeremiah Sorrells ( @j.sorrellsphoto ) to introduce himself and talk about a few of his astrophotos.⠀ . My name is Jeremiah, and I'm an astrophotographer from Boise, Idaho. I love to make landscape and deep space astrophotos -- several of the deep space images were taken right from my driveway in Boise. I use an array of gear, but most of it is based around my Sony body/lens combo, my trusty ASI1600 cooled mono camera, and an 80mm Stellarvue refractor. . I've been wanting to image this nebula since before I started doing astrophotography, and it all came together for me this weekend at the Alvord Desert in Oregon. Dark skies, cold temps, awesome company and good running equipment finally lined up! I've spent the last month watching tutorials, taking classes and practicing every night on my image acquisition and post-processing techniques, which came together well in what is probably my favorite astro-image so far. .⠀ The Rosette Nebula is a large spherical H II region located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros region of the Milky Way Galaxy. The open cluster NGC 2244 is closely associated with the nebulosity, the stars of the cluster having been formed from the nebula's matter. The cluster and nebula lie at a distance of some 5,000 light-years from Earth, and measure roughly 130 light years in diameter. The radiation from the young stars excites the atoms in the nebula, causing them to emit radiation themselves producing the emission nebula we see. The mass of the nebula is estimated to be around 10,000 solar masses. . My website is finally up! Please visit: www.jsorrellsphoto.com/galleries/astrophotography/ to see most of the astro-images I've completed in the last 2 years! . Ha 17x300”⠀ Oiii 20x300”⠀ Stellarvue 80mm ⠀ CGE Pro Mount⠀ ASI 1600mm-cool ⠀ ZWO filters and wheel⠀ Processed in Pixinsight and Photoshop⠀ .⠀ Would you like to be a part of our takeovers? Would you like to get featured? Be sure to use the hashtag #highpointscientific or tag us @highpointscientific and we'll check out your page.⠀ . #astronomy #astrophotography #galaxies #nebula #deepsky #rosettenebula

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